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Posted in: Declining kanji-writing skill of Japanese blamed on cell phones, computers See in context

It"S ME,

Thanks for the corrections.

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Posted in: Declining kanji-writing skill of Japanese blamed on cell phones, computers See in context

I don't believe such a thing to be happening similarly everywhere else. Since most other countries (other than China) have a phonetic alphabet so the buttons you press on a keyboard or a phone screen are generally the same things you pronounce (other than special cases like "gh" in English or the ending of French words). In Japanese (and Chinese I guess) it isn't like that, the keyboards are either Hiragana or Romaji but the output (what goes on the screen and is read) is Kanji! Another complication is that it isn't only the shape of the Kanji that matters, the stroke order is also vital in writing it, so only by reading Kanji or typing them, your Japanese writing ability will seriously deteriorate. So I believe the only country this trend should be compared to should be China, but we have to have in mind that the Chinese have more such letters (in the order of ~30,000 I have heard as compared to the ~2000 in Japanese) and they don't have other forms of writing like Hiragana, Katakana and Romaji.

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Posted in: Should websites remove the anti-Islam video that is fueling anti-U.S. protests in the Muslim world? See in context

I personally don't agree with any such "hate" movies against any religion, belief or ethnicity. If you believe your view is more correct than someone else, you should emphasis on the good aspects of your own belief or critically compare the different ideas, not to go around ridiculing and insulting other beliefs! It is a shame for humanity that in the 21st century people will pay royalties to make such things. I would personally prefer all such videos to be removed, but I have no idea how that can be done in practice without opening the "pandora's" box mentioned by Frungy, which I totally agree with.

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Posted in: Tsunami debris from Miyagi arrives in Kitakyushu See in context

As zichi wrote, Ishinomaki is ~50km north of Sendai (which is its self ~100km north of the Fukushima reactors), the level of radiation there never even approached the dangerous zone!

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Posted in: Iran's nuclear ambition may be following Japan model See in context

Perfectly said tokyokawasaki....

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Posted in: Iran's nuclear ambition may be following Japan model See in context

One more thing about deception: It isn't only limited to the Muslims: Didn't the US and its allies deceit the world about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq? Don't all these companies deceit their consumers in their ads? Every country (culture) just has a different way to approach doing it! Some based on religious reasons and some based on profits, economy and politics.

To tokyokawasaki; Looking into history, I would say the reason that after the revolution in Iran they decided to call it "The Islamic Republic of Iran" was because of Israel that was defined a Jewish state. Look at how Khamenei in those early days of the revolution defined him self based on his disagreement with the Jewish state of Israel. What I mean to say is that Israel is far more religiously biased than Iran and has a longer history in it. Just look at how the ultra conservatives there receive free money to defend Israel by praying for it, you don't see such things in Iran!!!! Were it not for the uncritical and unquestioned support of US (through its veto position) in the security council, the resolutions against Israel would outnumber Iran's by 100!!!!

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Posted in: Iran's nuclear ambition may be following Japan model See in context

Continued: ... we should use our mind not act like a pack of wild dogs... and beat on the drums of war.

By the way, I totally agree with what "nedinjapan" and "WilliB" say about deceit in Islam. It is so true...

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Posted in: Iran's nuclear ambition may be following Japan model See in context

To avimazalto: I suggest you read more about the statements you just made:

...they swear to wipe Israel from map...; They have never swore to this, the statement made once by the crazy current president was: "Israel WILL BE wiped off the map", just for your knowledge, this is a passive sentence. What he meant was that history will wipe it off, not them, he never said he (or the Iranians) will do it!!!!!

...they are trying to kill civilians... : I believe Israel has killed far many more Palestinian, Lebanese and Syrian civilians through out its history than Iran has killed the civilians of other countries. Just look at how Israel kills civilians freely in Gaza. It is pure genocide. Iran has no good record on Human rights I agree, but please don't compare Iran to Israel which is far far far worse than Iran in this respect!!! Which country do you know of that has a clear record of human rights? No one! Maybe other than those small European countries that don't have any military!

...Israel has a nuclear weapons but he never treated any nations with it... : It has nuclear weapons and is threatening Iran every day!!!

...for self defense purposes... : As they say: the best defence is offence. This is precisely Israel's policy and the reason it threatens Iran all the time.

...why they dont agree a check from UN... : They have agreed to all the legal checks my friend. Please go and look into the details, the checks they don't agree with are checks that are beyond the legal checks by the UN. No country in the world has accepted such checks to be done into their strategic infrastructure. Does the US let UN officials (that are not from the US) enter its strategic nuclear facilities? Does Russia? Does Israel? Oh, sorry, Israel doesn't let the UN come for any thing!!! When ever Israel does that, I would expect Iran to do it too.

Look, I am no fan of Iran's current regime. I am a big criticiser of it, but even when we want to criticise we should do so knowledgeably. Not based on emotions and based on some inaccurate and in most cases false facts (like yours)!!!! We are humans and we should use our mind not act like a pack of wild dogs.

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Posted in: 7 things all Japanese just gotta say See in context

The "natto"part is so true.

But this part was so rude: "I bet I can tell you six more things this fool's gonna say". In other words the author is generalizing any Japanese who wants to begin an English conversation to be a "fool".

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Posted in: Ungraceful media See in context

I hope one day top political leaders can show us a good example of how to compete gracefully.

I wish I could be so optimistic, but unfortunately, politics is only about gathering mass views and since the general population's level of education is declining (an ETS report in 2007 showed the level of math and verbal reasoning is seriously declining in the US) we can only predict that politics will tend to more and more such acts since people are becoming more and more simple minded.

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Posted in: Disney vs Ghibli: A studio comparison See in context

Disney: Lion King, Ghibli: Spirited away.

I agree with the over emphasis that Disney has recently put on CG movies and that they aren't magical any more. This fact reminds me of a recent article I read in Newsweek titled "Is play time over". I guess it was only children of the second half of the 20th century that had the luck to experience a "magical" childhood: children were different then. Before that, children were considered small adults and now adults are considered large children! I guess the realism in CG movies confirms this trend, compared to the magical aspects of hand drawn animations.

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Posted in: Convenience store trivia See in context

After March 11th in Sendai that all the conbinis closed or all their shelves were empty it was like I was living in another country and the streets with closed combinis were just like a ghost town. I had become so use to them in the one year I was in Japan up until then. Seeing no combinis open was the strangest sight in the world! I remember after two weeks that they slowly began to open again it was like life returned back to Sendai, everyone going to the combinis had a smile in their face (showing how everyone missed them)! They are truly an important part of Japanese way of life and cityscape now.

Oh, the same things above can be said for the vending machines.

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Posted in: The death of spontaneity See in context

Brilliantly said. I can't agree more. In fact this is exactly why I left Facebook and Twitter and Linkedin and all such "social" sites.

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Posted in: UK 'X-Files' reveal UFO sighting over Chelsea stadium See in context

There is no limit to human imagination!

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Posted in: The end of the evolution debate See in context

GW, don't you think science is also a human construct? Has any thing in the universe changed in the last 500 years? No, nothing has changed in the universe, but the system we have constructed to understand it (science) has changed.

Why does everyone try to compare religion with science, I agree the religious people make this mistake but why should we? Science says there is no absolute truth (by the scientific method, the only truth is observation which is its self constantly improving) and religion says there is. There is no point in trying to refute religion with science, as I said before the unknowns in science are exponentially increasing, for a religious person these scientific unknowns only strengthen their God!

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Posted in: The end of the evolution debate See in context

Laguna, if you open some astronomy journals you will see the quality of all these issues is still the subject of lots of debate. The number of questions in astronomy today is far more than 10 years ago much less 100 or 1,000 years ago. We know the Earth orbits the Sun but the nature of Gravity that keeps earth orbiting is still far from known.

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Posted in: The end of the evolution debate See in context

Pukey2, It is plainly obvious that no scientific debate has an end. This is the definition of the scientific method. Who ever claims that debate on one scientific theory has "end"ed (no matter who they are) is making an "unwarranted" statement. It seems the owner of a statement is more important than the statement it's self! Fear of the owner of the statement especially if they are an influential figure is why other scientists prefer to affirm him/her. You see it all over the history of science and even in the scientific papers today!

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Posted in: The end of the evolution debate See in context

JohhnyGlitterball,

It would be great if you had read the discussion that lead to my previous post.

I am not criticizing the fact that they oppose, in fact if you look at my first few posts you will see that I am saying that in the debate about evolution (like any other subject in science), opposition is natural thus the debate has not "end"ed and in fact will never end, as you so nicely put:

There will alwayws be some who oppose, that is why science works, they don't agree due to 'faith' or superstitions.

What I was saying in my last post was the dogmatism that is so prevalent in science today. The dogmatism that leads some scientists to ignorantly think that the debate about a certain topic (in this case evolution) has "end"ed.

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Posted in: The end of the evolution debate See in context

It is very logical when you think about it: people become so specialized that they loose the general view. It is very common. Please have a look at the history of science and you will see that when ever a revolutionary idea was put forward the mainstream grand scientists (that everyone respected and trusted) of any time would oppose it. It is exactly because of this very important fact.

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Posted in: The end of the evolution debate See in context

Lowly,

I totally agree with you. What I said was an ideal case. In the real world unfortunately the majority of work that is done under the name of objective science is just subjective guess work, due exactly to the reasons you mentioned.

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Posted in: The end of the evolution debate See in context

Stranger in a Strange Land,

In my own research field there are several very well known professors (that have relations named after them), that don't understand science, they just do it! You can tell from their papers! Unfortunately science has become so technical that people can be come very good and established scientists while not understanding what science is in the first place!

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Posted in: The end of the evolution debate See in context

@ JTDanMan:

From your definition and the example you gave, by fact you mean "evidence" or "observation". Which, based on the Scientific Method, is only one part of a scientific statement, the other parts are: giving a hypothesis (before the observation) and testing it (after the observation). So evidence (or as you call it, "fact"s) alone do not constitute a scientific statement.

The history of science has some very nice examples of how evidence have been interpreted in a totally different manner after scientific revolutions, those evidence didn't change, our interpretation of them did. Evolution (being a scientific statement) is thus only a hypothesis that has so far succeeded in explaining the current evidence, no one can guarantee it will continue to do so in it's current form in the next 10, 50, 100, or 1,000 years.

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Posted in: The end of the evolution debate See in context

@: JTDanMan Defining "fact" as something that is absolutely known, I can say that there is no "fact" in science. The moment we stop questioning the things we know (take them to be absolute), we are not doing science any more, we will be doing religion! For ~200 years Newton's mechanics were considered "fact" until they were questioned. It was only then that we found out our previous known "facts" (newton's mechanics) were just approximations of a much deeper theory (relativity). A simple study of the History of Science will give you many more such examples. So there is no unquestionable thing (fact) in science.

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Posted in: The end of the evolution debate See in context

Nice comedy (small section of "Friends") regarding this same issue:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YEaM4ytrkbE

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Posted in: The end of the evolution debate See in context

There is no "end" to any kind of debate in science. This is the largest misconception about science if you ask me. In religion there is an end, but in science there will never be an end to any discussion. Of all the currently available theories, I personally prefer evolution, but I don't deny the fact that in due time new and better scientific theories will come that incorporate what we call evolution today. So The end of the evolution debate is simply a statement showing that the author has not understood the essence of science: that it falsifies its self.

I don't say this in favour of creationists though, I am only talking of scientific results not religious extrapolations!

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